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Arrest made in Albany counterfeit $100 bills

A counterfeit money trail leads an Albany man straight to jail.

After passing bogus 100 dollar bills in at more than a half dozen Albany businesses...

23-year old Mario Fuller surrendered to Albany Police.

He is charged with forgery.

Now police hope to catch his accomplice.

This is the video we showed you  of the bills being passed.

Seven counterfeit hundreds were used at seven businesses.

They were 5 dollar bills that were bleached and then re-printed to look like 100's.

Police say 23 year old Robert Taylor is the one shown in this surveillance video passing one of those phony bills at Woodall's Convenience Store. And they hope you'll help catch him.  Call CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.

The rash of phony bills this week is likely an indication of things to come.

Police say more of the fake bills will likely show up at banks.

And they say we are approaching the time of year when crooks look for all kinds of ways to steal from us.

Law enforcement knows that more counterfeit bills are passed during the holidays than any other time of the year. That's because the busy shopping season is when the counterfeiters get busy.

these are some of the phony 100 dollar bills that were passed to at least 7 Albany businesses this week. And Police say they know they will see more counterfeit bills soon.

Albany Police Detective Schemika Foster said "It definitely increases during the holiday season. With it coming up to being Christmas and Thanksgiving and buying season is definitely going to be during time when fake counterfeit bills are trying to dispersed out."

Woodall's on North Slappey took one of those phony 100 dollar bills, and owner Wright Woodall says that kind of loss takes a toll on a small business.

Woodall said "As far as any restitution goes, there is not any. So when you take a counterfeit, you're out. That money's gone."

So Police are using this rash of counterfeit bills to warn South Georgia businesses to prepare themselves. During busy shopping days, when cashiers are busiest, crooks might try to pass a phony bill by them.

 Foster said "We suggest the business owners go back over with their cashiers what the security locations are on the bills, and insure everyone know where to look for them."

And it's not just in Albany. In Florence and Lake City South Carolina these are surveillance video photos from the Advantage Auto Parts where this guy passed another phony 100 dollar bill, made from a five dollar bill. There were six similar bills passed Saturday in Florence. Law enforcement warns that these crooks are already busy, and it could get worse as the holiday season approaches. 

Albany Police are not sure if those counterfeit bills in South Carolina are in anyway connected to the phony money in Albany this week, but the bills are obviously very similar.

Police know how these bogus bills were made, but they don't yet know where they were being made.

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